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Physical Activity for Older Adults

Protect Your Health as You Grow Older

Poor health and getting older don’t have to go together. You can do many things to stay healthy and active as you grow older.

Review Date: December 17, 2014

National Health Information Center - NHIC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Stay Active as You Get Older: Quick Tips

Stay active as you get older to lower your risk of health problems.

Review Date: December 17, 2014

National Health Information Center - NHIC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans: Active Older Adults

The Guidelines seek to help adults aged 65 years and older select types and amounts of physical activity appropriate for their abilities.

Review Date: July 31, 2012

Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Arthritis: Physical Activity Programs

These evidence-based programs are proven to improve the quality of life of people with arthritis. Find an activity program in your area.

Review Date: February 27, 2013

Division of Adult and Community Health, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion/CDC

Doing Strength Exercises (Video)

Watch this short video to learn about strength exercises and range of motion.

Review Date: February 11, 2012

National Institutes of Health - NIH
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Exercise & Physical Activity: Your Everyday Guide from the National Institute on Aging

This guide contains valuable information about how exercise and proper nutrition are crucial for staying healthy as we age and provides useful tips on establishing and maintaining a regular exercise program.

Review Date: October 30, 2014

NIH National Institute on Aging Information Center

Exercise for Older Adults

Learn about the benefits of exercise for older adults. This document offers safe exercises to try, video clips, and instructions on how to chart your progress.

Review Date: July 23, 2012

National Institutes of Health - NIH
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Exercise Stories

People of all ages and physical conditions benefit from exercise and physical activity. These stories feature diverse older adults and the activities they enjoy.

Review Date: March 05, 2012

National Institutes of Health - NIH
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Go4Life: Try These Exercises

Find videos,directions and safety tips to guide you through 4 types of exercise — endurance, strength, balance, and flexibility. Learn how each type of exercise can help you in your everyday life.

Review Date: December 01, 2014

NIH National Institute on Aging

Go4Life: Try These Exercises

Find videos,directions and safety tips to guide you through 4 types of exercise — endurance, strength, balance, and flexibility. Learn how each type of exercise can help you in your everyday life.

Review Date: December 01, 2014

NIH National Institute on Aging

Good Health Habits at 60 and Beyond

You might be able to feel as good as you used to (or even better) by picking up a few new good health habits.

Review Date: February 14, 2013

American Academy of Family Physicians

How Much Physical Activity Do Older Adults Need?

If you're 65 years of age or older, are generally fit, and have no limiting health conditions, follow these guidelines for important health benefits.

Review Date: July 31, 2012

Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity - DNPAO, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

National Institute on Aging: Get Ready, Get Set, Go!

Find out how you can stay active and healthy as you get older.

Review Date: May 22, 2014

NIH National Institute on Aging

National Institute on Aging: Get Ready, Get Set, Go!

Find out how you can stay active and healthy as you get older.

Review Date: May 22, 2014

NIH National Institute on Aging

Overview of Tai Chi

This brief history of the practice and philosophy of Tai Chi includes the roles of meditation, movement and deep breathing in improving health, balance, wellness and sleep.

Review Date: March 02, 2011

American Tai Chi Association

Staying Safe During Exercise and Physical Activity

There’s a way for almost every older adult to exercise safely and get meaningful benefits. To play it safe and reduce your risk of injury, follow these tips.

Review Date: June 11, 2012

NIH National Institute on Aging

Staying Safe During Exercise and Physical Activity

There’s a way for almost every older adult to exercise safely and get meaningful benefits. To play it safe and reduce your risk of injury, follow these tips.

Review Date: June 11, 2012

NIH National Institute on Aging

Tai Chi & Qi Gong for Health and Well-Being (Video)

Tai chi, which originated in China as a martial art, is a mind-body practice in complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). Tai chi is sometimes referred to as "moving meditation"—practitioners move their bodies slowly, gently, and with awareness, while breathing deeply.

Review Date: November 26, 2014

NIH National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine - NCCAM

Tai Chi and Qigong Class Locator

Find a local Tai Chi or Qigong class to enhance your health and wellness. Classes and instructors are listed by city.

Review Date: February 11, 2013

American Tai Chi Association

Tai Chi: Discover the Many Possible Health Benefits

If you're looking for another way to reduce stress, consider tai chi (TIE-chee). Tai chi is sometimes described as "meditation in motion" because it promotes serenity through gentle movements — connecting the mind and body.

Review Date: November 13, 2014

Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research

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